Fresh South Sudanese Influx Reported in Northern Uganda

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Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa Region Police spokesperson attributes the fresh influx of the South Sudanese to recent attacks in the country

There is a fresh influx of South Sudanese asylum seekers in Northern Uganda on a daily basis. At least 60 South Sudanese asylum seekers entered Uganda through the Elegu border post in Amuru district between Monday and Saturday last week.


 
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa Region Police spokesperson attributes the fresh influx of the South Sudanese to recent attacks in the country. He says they have set up a mechanism to screen the South Sudanese and ensure they don't cross into Uganda with unwanted or illegal materials.


 
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He says the reception facility has been improved with proper sanitation, security and running water to handle the refugees. Okema says once the number increases the international agencies like the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and Office of the prime minister will move in to transfer the refugees to Nimule.
 



John Bosco Ochan, the Atiak Sub county LC 3 chairman says they are worried the number may go up. He however, notes that currently there is no cause for alarm.
 


Thousands of South Sudanese have been displaced since 2013 when fighting broke out between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former vice president Riek Machar during a botched coup.

 
On Monday, General Salva Kiir, the South Sudan president declined to sign a peace deal in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, aimed at ending the civil war in his country. However, the rebel leader Riek Machar signed the peace deal.